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Automotive Editor - January 9, 2015

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2015 Alfa Romeo 4C OVERVIEW

The Alfa Romeo 4C marks the start of the Italian brand's heralded return to the U.S. after a two-decade absence. While this limited production sports car is just a precursor to a whole line of cars in the pipeline, it does give Alfa Romeo a performance credential not seen anywhere in many years, and a legitimate threat to some established names.

What's New for 2015

The 4C is, for all intents and purposes, a new offering this year. The first 500 cars delivered in 2014 were Launch Editions with special colors, carbon fiber trim, race suspension and sport seats, among other options.

Choosing Your Alfa Romeo 4C

All 4Cs are coupes powered by a mid-mounted 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 237 horsepower. The sole transmission choice is Alfa's "twin-clutch" transmission operated by steering wheel paddles, sending power to the rear wheels. Unusual in this price category is the carbon fiber frame and composite bodywork that work to keep the 4C's weight to just over a ton -- a tiny amount considering the power on tap.

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The base 4C includes performance features such as Alfa's DNA driving mode switch, Brembo four-piston brakes, dual chrome-tipped exhausts and staggered wheels that are 17-inches in front and 18 in back. Also included are convenience features such as power windows, air conditioning, a four-speaker audio system with USB input and automatic headlamps. Options include the Track Package, with racing suspension, flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats and 18/19-inch wheels. The Exterior Package includes a rear spoiler and the larger wheels. The Convenience Package includes parking sensors, cruise control and a "premium" sound system.

Launch Edition

If you can still find one of the 500 available, the $68,400 Launch Edition vehicles come with xenon headlamps and LED running lights, a race suspension and exhaust system, staggered and forged matte black 18 and 19-inch wheels, sport seats, red brake calipers and carbon fiber exterior trim.

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As the Launch Edition shows, prices can escalate quickly with options. Remember that unlike a Porsche Cayman, you can't make an Alfa 4C into quite the same comfortable everyday sports car. Money is best spent on what will make it a more enjoyable driver's car.

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